On Tuesday at the SHS Athletic Fields, host Streator scored a thrilling girls tennis win over Princeton as senior No. 2 singles player Lucy Zavada won the final match of the day, 2-6, 7-5, 10-8, to lift the Bulldogs to a 3-2 team triumph.
“It came down to 2-2, and our other senior, Lucy Zavada, was out there,” SHS coach Kaye Tallier said. “It had to go to a tiebreak, and everyone outside the fence knew if she won, we’d win, but if she lost, we lost. When she came off the court and we told her that was what happened, she said she was glad we didn’t tell her.
“This was a nice win for us.”
Claire Vogel at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-1) and an impromptu No. 3 doubles pairing of Mina Jones and varsity newcomer Angelina Dellinger (6-1, 6-2) scored Streator’s other victories.
Ottawa 4, Morris 1: In Interstate 8 play, the Pirates earned wins at No. 1 singles (Ella Marvel 6-1, 6-1), No. 2 singles (Sara Meyer 6-1, 6-0), No. 2 doubles (Rylee O’Fallon and Emma Cushing 6-3, 6-3) and No. 3 doubles (Madison Lineback and Emma Stumpf 6-4, 6-2) to defeat Morris.
Serena 3, Newark-Seneca 1: The Huskers (5-2 overall, 1-0 Little Ten) fell behind in the opening 10 minutes but scored three unanswered from there – two by Richie Armour (both assisted by Camden Figgins) and Figgins (assisted by A.J. Wold). Ben Shugrue made eight saves for Serena.
Earlville 9, Stillman Valley 0: In nonconference play, Diego Vazquez scored four goals and added an assist to lead the Red Raiders. Griffin Cook added his own hat trick with three goals and an assist. Ryan Browder (one goal, three assists) and Matt Kuter (goal, assist) also led Earlville.
BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Ottawa girls win at home: At Catlin Park, Ottawa hosted a meet won on the boys side by La Salle-Peru and in the girls event by the host Pirates.
Ottawa’s girls were led by Lainey Billings (2nd, 23:31.78), Grace Carroll (3rd, 23:32.29), Eva Heimsoth (4th, 23:32.75) and Kendra Martin (5th, 23:34.40), with Gianna Corsolini (7th, 24:07.06), Megan Smelko (10th, 24:30.47) and Addyson Miller (11th, 25:02.59) close behind. Fieldcrest’s Claire Phillips (9th, 24:18.06) and Streator’s Abby Pierce (12th, 25:06.41) were also in the top 12.
In the boys event, area runners in the top 12 included Fieldcrest’s Mason Stoeger (1st, 16:32.25), Streator’s Kody Danko (3rd, 17:54.91), Ottawa’s Liam Tipple (8th, 20:01.28), and Fieldcrest’s Caleb Krischel (11th, 20:08.09) and Pacey Pucek (12th, 20:10.15).
Ottawa 155, Morris 175: At The Creek, visiting Ottawa moved to 5-0 with the I-8 win, led by medalist Jonathan Cooper (36), Drake Kaufman (37), Alex Billings (39) and Seth Cooper (43).
Sandwich 204, Plano 226: At Edgebrook, the Indians notched the I-8 win thanks to Alijah Campbell (43), Melody Goldstein (51), Jayden Baumbach (55) and Georgia Vehe (55).
Seneca 4th in quadrangular: At Dwight Country Club, Seneca’s team 228 – led by Lura Yegge’s 49 and a 51 from Addison Stiegler – was fourth in a field of four.
Fieldcrest def. GCMS, 25-14, 25-20: At Minonk, the Knights (9-2, 2-2) held court behind leading efforts from Allie Wiesenhofer (11 digs, eight kills, six aces), Zoey Dye (seven kills) and Kristyn Swartz (15 assists).
Kaneland def. Sandwich, 25-12, 25-15: In I-8 play, Sandwich (9-8, 1-2) was paced by Alexis Sexton’s nine assists and Audrey Rome’s four kills.
JV GIRLS TENNIS
Streator 5, Princeton 0: At Streator, Rheagan Goluba (8-2), Hope Porter (8-6) and the doubles teams of Marisa Vickers and Franchesca Rodriguez (8-3), Kylie Cook and Mary Tutoky (8-2) and Lilly Mattingly and Katie Stipp (9-8[7-5]) won for the Bullpups.
Ottawa 4, Morris 1: The Corsairs (4-1) received wins at No. 2 singles (Layne Krug 8-0), No. 1 doubles (Mika Moreland and Aubrey Sanders 8-4), No. 2 doubles (Peyton Bryson and Lexi Innis 8-2) and No. 3 doubles (Adalyn Borowski and Bianca Sipula 8-2).